CFP: Risk and regulation at the interface of medicine & the arts

AMH 2015 Annual Conference: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, UK – June 23-25

Dangerous Currents: Risk and regulation at the interface of medicine & the arts

Call for presentation proposals: Deadline 28th February 2015

Patient safety has become an important issue in medicine and healthcare leading to a regulatory culture of directives and protocols – but has regulation gone too far? Does excessive regulation stifle creativity or does it paradoxically generate new forms of innovation through resistance? Despite our concerns with ‘healthy lifestyles’, life is inherently risky and we purposefully seek risk against the grain of physical and mental ‘health’. The arts typically celebrate such risk as a sign of innovation. Can radical arts practice interventions lead to a reframing of medical/ healthcare education and a rethinking of medical/ healthcare practice that allow for greater innovation? And does greater innovation mean accepting more risk and refusing regulation? Commissioned keynote presentations and workshops will address these questions, based on ‘live’, critical conversations primarily between doctors and performance artists moving beyond the safety zone of ‘talking heads’ into riskier areas of improvised collaborations. Again, the key theme words are ‘risk’, ‘regulation’ and ‘resistance’ – the ‘three rs’ of contemporary critical inquiry. The heart of our AMH conferences is, however, delegates’ presentations. We invite individual and collaborative contributions addressing the conference theme of ‘dangerous currents: risk and regulation at the interface of medicine and the arts’ (to include healthcare and humanities) encouraging movement away from traditional ‘papers’ to other forms of presentation and ways of facilitating insight and debate, although traditional academic presentations are also welcome.

Presentations should be around 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions, unless they are interactive, in which case the presenter can take the full 20 minutes. Interactivity is encouraged, as are media formats such as film and other visual arts. There is no word limit on your summary application and you may send video and/or audio files or website links. If you wish to discuss your proposal before submitting, you are welcome to do this – please email

We will let you know our decision at the latest 6th March 2015, but sooner if possible. We hope that presenters will attend for the full conference rather than just their presentation slot.

Proposal forms can be downloaded from the website:

(go to Conference 2015 tab and then to download form AMH 2015 Conference presentation proposal)

Please send proposals to Professor Alan Bleakley: